Date lodged: 22 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13337 by Shona Robison on 20 February 2018, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding whether all NHS boards will undertake priority-only surgery for one sixth of the year, and for what reason it (a) did not provide this information in its answer and (b) provided a month-long holding response and then responded by referring to an answer that had been published a month earlier, which did not provide the information requested.
Answered by: Shona Robison 18 April 2018
The organising and scheduling of hospital admissions during the winter months is a matter for individual Boards to determine as part of their winter plans. There will always be a reduction in planned activity during the winter months to ensure there is sufficient capacity to cope with the likely increase in winter admissions. During that period of reduced activity Boards must ensure patients requiring urgent treatment, such as cancer patients have no delays in receiving their treatment. The admission of other patients during that period should then be based on individual patient's clinical priority.